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Gay Guide Sweden
Sweden was the fifth European country, after the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Norway, to recognise same-sex marriage. Sweden, already a pioneer in granting same-sex couples the right to adopt children, is the first country in the world to allow homosexuals to marry in a church. The situation for homosexuals in Sweden is two-sided. On one hand there is a great liberal spirit for which the country is renowned around the world. There are comprehensive anti-discrimination laws, registered partnerships with far-reaching rights which have been available for some time, and neither the age of consent (fifteen) nor the requirements to adopt children are any different for homosexuals. In addition there are generous public monies available to financially support gay organisations. This tolerance is visible in everyday life in the larger towns of Sweden (although homosexuals are not exactly out on the streets), but in the countryside living an openly gay life is much harder, and there is occasional threat of violence. What many find surprising is the strictness of certain laws, for example the "buying of sexual services" where buying it rather than selling it is illegal (the buyer is the one committing the act, whereas the seller is the victim). The sale and use of Poppers is forbidden. You also risk prosecution if you fail to inform your sexual partner of your positive HIV status before having sex. You may be surprised to always find restaurants in gay bars. This is because Sweden's restrictive alcohol laws make it virtually impossible to serve spirits in bars without food.
Cities in Sweden
Name: Sverige · Schweden · Suède · Suecia · Svezia
Location: Northwest Europe
International country code: 46 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 449,964 km² / 173,731 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Swedish Crown (skr) = 100 Öre
Religions: 73% Lutheran, 4.4% Muslim
Climate: Moderate climate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers, the north is sub-arctic.
Important gay cities: Stockholm